Design Discovery: In-person

SALA's facilities on the UBC Vancouver campus will be your home base for the program. You’ll develop foundational skills in drawing and modeling through several activities before taking on a more significant final project. Throughout the two weeks, SALA faculty members, current students, and professionals from Vancouver’s design community will give presentations about their practice, and their journey through a career in design. You will tour some of Vancouver's most remarkable spaces, as well as visit some of the city's top design offices. 

You’ll learn from SALA faculty member and practitioner, Bill Pechet. Bill has taught Design Discovery since its inception in 2017. In addition to regularly teaching design studios at all levels at SALA, his private practice engages in a wide variety of projects ranging from strategic urban planning studies, to residential and retail design, and public art installations.

You’ll also have the chance to learn more about our programs, find out what our faculty are working on, and explore architecture and landscapes at UBC and around Vancouver.

"[Design Discovery] opened me up to a broader spectrum of architecture and the principles of design."

2020 participant

"Great instructor. I enjoyed the introduction to the material that was representative of the typical course work in a design program."

2019 participant
Frequently asked questions

I don't have any previous design experience, should I do anything to prepare for Design Discovery?

We don’t ask you to undertake any formal preparation prior to the start of the course and have designed it to be accessible to a wide range of abilities. Having said that, we know many of you would like to learn more before getting started, so we will be sending out a series of links to help with some basic skills leading up to the course.

Is the application competitive?

The application is not competitive. We have designed the course in a way that will challenge a variety of abilities and therefore do not require you to have any skills prior to attending. Once you complete the application you will be directed to pay a $250 deposit. This deposit secures your spot in the course.


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July 4 to July 15, 2022



The program fee covers instruction and course supplies. In-person students are responsible for their accommodation and meals during the program. Accommodation is available on the UBC campus through Suites at UBC

Contact information

If you have any questions, please contact:

Tara Deans
Manager, Student Services and Recruitment